Colorado Hiking: Fancy Pass / Missouri Lakes Loop & Booth Lake

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Now my foot magically healed itself (thank you my amazing new shoes). K and I have been binge hiking. Last week we did two hikes I’ve wanted to do since the beginning of the summer!

Fancy Pass / Missouri Lakes Loop:

According to my GPS watch, this hike was around ~ 9 miles and ~3000 ft net elevation gain. We started at the Fancy Lake Trailhead (which had a very fancy sign), and did the loop counter clock wise. The views from this trail were fancy. There was still a little snow we had to navigate around in September, which always makes it extra adventurous. We also saw some big fat marmots fattening up for the winter (and making their signature alarm sounds at us). Too bad I’ve been failing in getting a good picture of them.

The most interesting part, pictures! Despite the trailhead name, I thought Missouri Lakes was prettier (and fancier, of course) than Fancy Lake.

Missouri Lakes from our lunch spot, also pictured: my pack flopped over since I was too lazy to make it fancy.

Missouri Lakes from the top of Missouri Pass.

Booth Falls / Lake

I really enjoyed this one! This was ~9.5 miles and ~3000 ft ish. The hike to the falls is a bit shorter (a steep ~4 miles round trip, we saw lots of people doing the shorter hike and huffing and puffing). And no pictures of the falls, because I’m a snob and I didn’t think the falls were that impressive. I’m totally spoiled by Yosemite waterfalls. The fall foliage was totally worth the hike. The changing leaves made for some amazing scenery. I hope I never start taking this for granted. Booth Lake is one of the nicer alpine lakes we’ve hiked to here, the flat rocks along the shore made for good lunch spots. There were also lots of nice soft spots that looked like they would make good camping spots.

En-route to Booth Lake

Booth Lake (yes I’m really into these “bubble” panoramas right now)